Herbert M. Kruse

Born: Wed., Nov. 7, 1928
Died: Thu., Dec. 18, 2014


Celebration of Life

2:00 PM Sun., Dec. 28, 2014
Location: Pendleton First United Methodist Church


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Herb Kruse
November 7, 1928 – December 18, 2014

Herb Kruse – a long-time resident of Pendleton passed away Thursday, December 18, 2014, at a local care facility.  He was 86 years old. 

A Celebration of Life will be held Sunday, December 28, 2014, 2:00pm at the First United Methodist Church located at SE 2nd and Emigrant in Pendleton.  He has been laid to rest at the Skyview Memorial Park.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements. 

Herb Kruse was born on November 7, 1928 to Martha and Henry Kruse outside of Scotland South Dakota.  He was the last born of their nine children.  Herbert attended a one room schoolhouse through the 8th grade but had to discontinue his education due to his father’s death.  He farmed in the Scotland area until he was drafted in 1954.  He made his way west while in the army assigned to an anti-aircraft unit at Camp Hanford.  During a furlough he met the former Betty Bowman in the Pendleton area.  Three days after his discharge from the army in February 1956 they were married in Echo Oregon.  He worked at Harris Pine Mills in Pendleton for most of his career until it closed in 1986 and he subsequently retired.

He was an active member of the First United Methodist Church in Pendleton and served in many capacities including the head usher for many years – always willing to lend a helping hand.   He and Betty were also the church custodians for several years during their retirement and took great pride in attending to the needs of the church. 

Herb was a member of the Pendleton Volunteer Fire Department for over 30 years.  He always enjoyed recounting some of the epic Pendleton fires that occurred during his service including Hill Meat Company, Arrow Chevrolet, and the Pendleton Bowling Alley.  He spent his final years living at a care facility that was built on the bowling alley property.

Herb enjoyed wood working – fabricating dozens of wagon lamps for friends and family as well as carving.  He and Betty were also able to travel during their marriage including annual visits to South Dakota, taking walks on the Oregon coast and enjoyed cruises to Mexico and Alaska.

He loved socializing with his peers over coffee whenever possible. He was a regular morning customer at Up Your Donut for many years during retirement. 

He will be remembered as a man that was determined to generate a smile, always early for any appointment and cared deeply for those around him.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 59 year, Betty, who resides in a care facility in Pendleton; children Patty Kruse (Vancouver WA) and Mike Kruse (Tigard OR) and four grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his parents and his 8 siblings.  

To honor his memory, memorials may be offered to the First United Methodist Church in Pendleton

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eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Sat December 20, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

Randy & Loretta Wells
   Posted Sat December 20, 2014
We were so sad to hear that Herb Kruse has passed on from this world, but so happy we know he is now with his Lord and in no more pain or sorrow.
We knew Herb for so many years, as did so many others, and will miss him calling us to say hi. He always had a message to tell, he had a very active mind and he wanted us to know whatever it was he was thinking about. Herb was a great guy, working his job for many years at Harris Pine Mills, and a long time Volunteer at the Pendleton Fire Department. He was a PFD Volunteer for probably 25 or 30 years, and he had so many funny stories to tell about his experiences there. Rest in Peace Herb, we hope to see you in the afterlife.

Jennifer Wigchers Weber
   Posted Mon December 22, 2014
My father Duane called tonight to share the news of Uncle Herbert's passing. I have fond memories of his visits when I was young and the joy he brought to my Grandma Wigchers face to see her little brother. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family and friends at this time.

Brigit Farley
   Posted Mon December 29, 2014
Dear Patty and Mike, I'm so sorry for your loss. I remember Patty well from Hawthorne School. It's very hard to lose a parent, no matter how old you are, so I'll be thinking about and praying for you.

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